Eviction Ban, $500 Monthly for Renters in BC's Pandemic Housing Plan

Grant Boone
March 27, 2020

There were no new deaths reported Tuesday, leaving the provincial count at 13, while 173 people have recovered, representing 28 per cent of the total cases so far.

Horgan acknowledged that $500 doesn't go a long way in B.C.'s pricey rental market, but said the money fills a gap along with the federal government's $2,000-per-month Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and the province's one-time, $1,000 B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers payment.

In a press conference on Wednesday, March 25, Dr. Bonnie Henry gave a COVID-19 update for B.C. and there are fewer new cases than there have been in recent days.

64 people are now hospitalized and 43 people have recovered from the virus.

Right now, there are 64 people hospitalized in B.C., 26 of them are in intensive care. Almost 30,000 tests have been taken to date, roughly 3,500 a day.

"This is heroic work from people who are giving everything they have", he said.

She elaborated that after observing the impact of testing in other countries, provincial health authorities felt it was important to focus testing on cases transmitted in the community whose source is unknown.

"I don't dare hope at this point", Henry said. "No community is immune".

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"This is not a quick fix but the measures we take now will have an impact on the outcome", added Dix.

As of Wednesday, there were 659 cases of coronavirus in B.C., including 42 new cases.

"This will be a hard time, as hard as we have seen in this province", Dix said.

"We are doing everything we can to make sure that if (people) are sick or self-isolating, or if they have had their hours cut back or they were laid off that they would not be fearful of losing their home", Horgan said. The current occupancy is 63 per cent overall, and the current occupancy of critical care beds is 54.8 per cent.

Henry said that the Pacific Dental Conference, held almost three weeks ago at the Vancouver Convention Centre, remains a "major source" of infection, as 32 cases have been connected to the conference.

She also repeated her instruction that anyone who is arriving in Canada from overseas must self-quarantine in similar fashion.

Seniors' Advocate Isobel Mackenzie said Thursday older citizens are both most at risk of getting COVID-19, and potentially devastating mental-health struggles due to isolation as a result of social-distancing measures.

"We know the source of infection for anyone coming from outside of Canada", notes Henry.

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